Boy Allegedly Kidnapped Coming Home After Heart Surgery

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Porter Stone, the 5-year-old boy who had an Amber Alert issued in his name two months ago, is recovering from heart transplant surgery and is expected to travel home to the Kansas City area next week.

Family and friends say that Porter received the surgery about two weeks ago, and the doctors state that everything is going well and he should be released on Monday, June 25.

Almost two months ago, young Porter was taken from a St. Louis hospital by his father, an event Porter’s family calls a “surrealistic nightmare.” Porter was receiving treatment for cardiomyopathy, a condition that causes a thickening and weakening of the heart muscle, which eventually causes the heart to stop pumping blood correctly. Porter was attached to an I.V. and was carrying a medical backpack.

“If that medicine would have run out, [and] he started to go into cardiac arrest, there wouldn’t have been any hope for him,” said Matt Fife, Porter’s grandfather.

Porter’s father, Jeffrey Stone, 33, is charged with kidnapping, along with the Porter’s grandmother and aunt.  Porter was taken from the hospital in the afternoon and was found by police at a hotel in a city near Chicago the next day at 2:45 a.m.

Fife says that Stone and his daughter, Tiffany Porter, are in the process of a divorce.

According to Tiffany, police were tracking Stone’s cellphone, which lead to the eventual locating of Porter.

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